Imperium II: Dictator at Gielgud Theatre tickets
Imperium II: Dictator at Gielgud Theatre tickets

Imperium II: Dictator tickets from £11.75

Tickets from £11.75

Overview

Please Note: Imperium is performed in two plays, which can be enjoyed as independent historical thrillers, or together as one unmissable theatrical event. Imperium I: Conspirator tickets can be bought separately here.

Description

The Royal Shakespeare Company’s theatrical adaptation of Robert Harris’s Cicero trilogy of novels transfers to the West End’s Gielgud Theatre for a 12-week summer season. Imperium tells the story of Roman Emperor Cicero’s turbulent rule from the point of view of his personal secretary, Tiro. This is a moving, personal take on the reign of one of the Roman Empire’s most well-known figures.

The second part of the pair of plays, Imperium II: Dictator, fast-forwards to a Rome fragmented by assassination of Julius Caesar. Retired Cicero sees this as his chance to restore Rome to its former glory, but Brutus, Cassius and Mark Anthony are already battling behind the scenes to maintain order.

Olivier and Tony Award-winning actor Richard McCabe stars as Cicero, opposite Joseph Kloska as Tiro. McCabe earned his accolades for his performance in The Audience and is also well-known for appearing in the BBC’s Collateral, whilst Kloska’s credits include Netflix’s The Crown.

Casting includes Nicholas Boulton, Guy Burgess, Daniel Burke, Jade Croot, Peter De Jersey, Joe Dixon, John Dougall, Michael Grady-Hall, Oliver Johnstone, Paul Kemp, Patrick Knowles, Hywel Morgan, David Nicolle, Siobhan Redmond, Patrick Romer, Christopher Saul, Eloise Secker and Simon Thorp.

The productions are adapted for the stage by playwright, writer and adaptor Mike Poulton, whose previous credits include Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies for the RSC, which later transferred to the West End. Artistic Director of the RSC Gregory Doran directs, with further creative team including designer Anthony Ward, lighting designer Mark Henderson and sound designer Claire Windsor, with compositions by Paul Englishby.

Garnering critical acclaim in Stratford, Imperium is the historical thriller that brings to light the behind-the-scenes of the downfall of the Republic of Rome. Playing in two parts, Imperium II: Dictator runs at Gielgud Theatre from 14 June to 8 September 2018, with a press night on 30 June 2018.

Recommended for

Historical fiction fans, audiences who love political theatre and those interested in the RSC’s work won’t want to pass over this two-part production.

Age Recommendations: Recommended 12+. No under 3's.

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Dates and times

Running time: 3 hours 15 mins (including two intervals)
Opened: 14 Jun 2018
Press night: 30 Jun 2018
Booking from: 24 Jul 2018
Booking until: 08 Sep 2018

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Location and map

Gielgud Theatre
35 Shaftesbury Avenue
London, W1D 6AR

4 Reviews Add review

As Caesar grows the Roman Empire Cicero has been in exile. In a moment of reconciliation Cicero can return to Rome and even the se... More

braintree 155cm, 52 reviews, 5 helpful votes

As Caesar grows the Roman Empire Cicero has been in exile. In a moment of reconciliation Cicero can return to Rome and even the senate but only on Caesar’s terms. It seems Cicero isn’t the only one sick of Caesar’s tyranny. Beware the Ides of March… Many of the key characters in part I have died and Cicero is older and making the same mistakes as before. The murder of Caesar by his senate colleagues puts them all into the danger and Marc Anthony (Joe Dixon), Caesar’s expected successor finds himself out of favour when Caesar promises his worldly goods to Octavia. Can Octavia’s promises of forgiveness to Cicero really be as good as they seem. I found this part to much slower and not as interesting as Part I. It is a nice conclusion to Cicero’s story but it is lacking the intrigue and twists of Conspirator. There is a section that is basically an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar that feels unnecessary when there is so much more of Cicero’s story to be explored; the relationship with his wife and children, so crucial to part I is a footnote here. There are some interesting scenes, such as Caesar’s funeral where he is now deemed to be a God so his tyranny can continue in death.

braintree 155cm, 52 reviews, 5 helpful votes

At 3 hours 20 mins in length this is quite a lengthy production. As with Part I (which can be seen independently, as can this pro... More

joc78 5"4, 263 reviews, 4 helpful votes

At 3 hours 20 mins in length this is quite a lengthy production. As with Part I (which can be seen independently, as can this production), the acting however is what you would expect from the RSC - simply amazing. Richard McCabe puts in another great performance. Although I didn't quite grasp everything that was happening as you have to listen intently to everything, it was a gripping evening in the theatre, but a long slog after seeing Part I on the same day!

joc78 5"4, 263 reviews, 4 helpful votes

rikkiONshow 178cm, 151 reviews, 3 helpful votes

rikkiONshow 178cm, 151 reviews, 3 helpful votes

Thought the acting was excellent in most cases. One or two performances were a bit ott, but I really enjoyed it.

jeannettedale 2 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Thought the acting was excellent in most cases. One or two performances were a bit ott, but I really enjoyed it.

jeannettedale 2 reviews, 0 helpful votes